I am pleased to announce that a special issue of the journal 'Performance Research' - "On Philosophy and Participation" - edited by myself and fellow working group member Karoline Gritzner - is out now.
The issue features the work of a number of working group members, and was produced in response to the first working group interim event held in Aberystwyth in Jan 2009.
On Philosophy & Participation
The latest issue of Performance Research is on the theme of participation. This issue is now available online and contains the following articles:
Laura Cull & Karoline Gritzner
Practising Participation A conversation with Lone Twin <http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/13528165.2011.606045?ai=2w7&ui=pd1e&af=H>
Carl Lavery & David Williams
Radical Democratic Theatre <http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/13528165.2011.606046?ai=2w7&ui=pd1e&af=H>
Christoph Schlingensief and the Bad Spectacle <http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/13528165.2011.606047?ai=2w7&ui=pd1e&af=H>
Paradigms of Participation Wim Delvoye and Wafaa Bilal's Tattooing Performances <http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/13528165.2011.606048?ai=2w7&ui=pd1e&af=H>
Reaching Athens Performing participation and community in Rimini Protokoll's Prometheus in Athens <http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/13528165.2011.606049?ai=2w7&ui=pd1e&af=H>
Plural Intimacy in Micropublic Performances <http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/13528165.2011.606050?ai=2w7&ui=pd1e&af=H>
Jon Foley Sherman
Geoperformativity Immanence, performance and the earth <http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/13528165.2011.606051?ai=2w7&ui=pd1e&af=H>
Hovering between Being and Non-Being Nishidian interexpression and the Fluxkit <http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/13528165.2011.606052?ai=2w7&ui=pd1e&af=H>
Attention Training Immanence and ontological participation in Kaprow, Deleuze and Bergson <http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/13528165.2011.606053?ai=2w7&ui=pd1e&af=H>
Cultural Participation by Group Material Between the ontology and the history of the participatory art event <http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/13528165.2011.606054?ai=2w7&ui=pd1e&af=H>
Contagious Participation Magic's Power to Affect <http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/13528165.2011.606056?ai=2w7&ui=pd1e&af=H>
Form and Formlessness Participation at the limit <http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/13528165.2011.606057?ai=2w7&ui=pd1e&af=H>
Walking Out on Our Bodies Participation as ecstasis in Janet Cardiff's Walks <http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/13528165.2011.606058?ai=2w7&ui=pd1e&af=H>
From Pseudo-Activity to Critique Adorno, philosophy, participation <http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/13528165.2011.606059?ai=2w7&ui=pd1e&af=H>
On Participation in Art A conversation with Alexander García Düttman <http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/13528165.2011.606060?ai=2w7&ui=pd1e&af=H>
Karoline Gritzner & Alexander García Düttmann
Notes on Contributors <http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/13528165.2011.606061?ai=2w7&ui=pd1e&af=H>
The quarterly journal Performance Research will be publishing related issues on the theme of ‘Participation’ in relation to synchronization, and in relation to philosophy in September 2011 and December 2011 respectively.
The first issue (PR 16: 3) 'On Participation & Synchronization' will be edited by Bettina Brandl-Risi & Kai van Eikels (Freie Universitåt, Berlin) - publication date: September 2011.
The second issue (PR 16: 4) 'On Philosophy & Participation' will be edited by Laura Cull (Northumbria University) & Karoline Gritzner (Aberystwyth University) - publication date: December 2011. See CFP (16:4) below
Please send clearly marked proposals for either PR 16:3 ‘On Participation & Synchronization’ or PR 16.4 ‘On Philosophy & Participation’ to:
Sandra Laureri Administrator - Performance Research
• CALL FOR PAPERS - On Philosophy and Participation
Performance Research Vol. 16:4 (December 2011)
Laura Cull (Northumbria University) and Karoline Gritzner (Aberystwyth University)
The aim of this issue of Performance Research is to instigate reflection and debate on the relationship between performance and philosophy from the perspective of the contested concept of 'participation'. The issue seeks to examine the ways in which modes of participatory performance engage philosophical concepts, raise philosophical questions and, vice versa, how various philosophical approaches to the theme of participation have engaged art and performance. The intention is to investigate the points of intersection, dialogue and dissonance between a wide range of participatory performances and philosophies of participation, thus facilitating encounters between concepts and discourses on the idea of participation that arise from within performance practice, performance studies and philosophy. The issue will acknowledge that participation is an interdisciplinary concern and it will demonstrate the extent to which participation can act as a point of connection between the often disparate, discourses of art history and visual art performance, applied and social theatre, dance, activist performance, and Live Art, amongst others.
Theoretical Context and Trajectory
Recent years have seen participation becoming a focus of interest in contemporary discourses on aesthetics (relational and dialogical aesthetics) as well as a mantra in public art policy. However, the concept of participation can also be situated in a longer-standing philosophical and artistic tradition. In terms of philosophy, the theoretical context for the contemporary discussion of participation might include: discourses on authorship (Barthes, Eco); theories of community (Nancy, Agamben); philosophies of immanence (Spinoza, Deleuze) or of dialectical mediation (Hegel, Adorno). In terms of performance: the disruption of the proscenium arch space (Artaud, The Living Theatre); experiments in collective creation and community (Mnouchkine, Boal) and the elimination of the audience (Grotowski, Kaprow). But participation can also be located as the point of intersection between philosophy and performance, when thought and theatre are reconceived as immanent productions in the world, rather than transcendent systems representing a prior presence; or, from a contrasting perspective, when both philosophy and performance are construed as forms of dialectical mediation or communication (between part and whole, singularity and universality, the subject and the object).
This issue of Performance Research will seek to instigate and compile a series of relays between the theory and practice of participation, between philosophies of immanence and relational art, between intuitive thought as a way of ‘taking part’ in the world and participating in performance as a kind of thinking. At the same time, the issue will engage with a theoretical context that is more explicitly critical of the idea of participation.
• What kinds of philosophical questions/problems are raised by participatory performances?
• What does it mean to participate in the thought of performance and in the performance of thought?
• How do philosophical understandings of the part/whole relationship help us to address participatory performance, and vice versa?
• What is the relationship between the concepts of participation, collaboration and interaction?
• What kinds of critique of participation might performance and philosophy offer one another?
• Under what circumstances might participation be said to have ‘failed’?
• Is participation a ‘utopian ideal’ or an artistic, philosophical and political reality (Frieling) ?
• Is the logical conclusion of participation to leave the context of art/theatre/performance altogether?
• What ethical questions are raised by participatory performance? What would constitute an ethical (as opposed to exploitative or oppressive) relation to the other in participatory performance? Does participation (necessarily) risk performing a violence on otherness or difference?
• Does the positing of participation as the essence of performance necessarily lead to a break with performance and/or the disappearance of art into everyday life (eg. Grotowski’s ‘paratheatre’; Kaprow’s Activities)?
Form and Format:
The editors seek contributions that investigate the above mentioned and additional issues concerning the question of participation in performance and philosophical discourse. We actively encourage submissions that explore the interrelationship between philosophical and theatrical/performative modes of participation from a variety of cultural, artistic, critical and political perspectives and we welcome a range of academic and creative forms: essays, interviews, dialogues, artists’ pages, manifestos, statements, etc. We specifically encourage submissions of dialogues/conversations between artists and philosophers, performance makers and scholars, on the central theme of this issue.
• The ontology of participation in performance: what is participation?
• Participatory performance (such as Happenings, Fluxus, Relational and Public Art, Community Performance, re-enactments and processions, ‘immersive’ theatre, Web 2.0, political activism, etc) approached from a particular philosophical perspective, eg. participation in performance considered in the light of
- Process philosophy / philosophies of immanence (Deleuze, Bergson, Spinoza, Badiou, Henry, Laruelle etc.);
- the Foucauldian concept of power
- Levinas’ concept of the Other
- Aesthetic theories
- Theological perspectives
- Its philosophical critique (Adorno, Rancière)
• The ethics of participation / Performance and its ‘others’
• Participatory performance understood as philosophy / a kind of thinking in itself; the creation of philosophies of participation by performance practitioners working in a range of contexts (visual art, applied theatre, dance, performance art, relational aesthetics, etc.)
• Performance addressed in relation to philosophies of community and their critique (Nancy, Agamben)
• Disruptions of the subject/object distinction in participatory performance
• Participatory strategies and Affect: provocation, shock, invitation, seduction, gift, consciousness raising, etc.
• Refusing to participate: the performance and philosophy of ‘active non-participation’ (Žižek); critiques of the ‘participatory culture’
• Participatory performance as a new model for philosophy; is participation the new theatrical metaphor (post-‘all the world’s a stage’-thinking)?
Deadlines for PR 16:4 ‘On Philosophy & Participation’ are as follows:
Proposal Deadline 06 December 2010
Draft Manuscripts: 07 March 2011
Completed Articles: 18 April 2011
Publication Date: 30 December 2011
ALL proposals, submissions and general enquiries should be sent direct to:
Sandra Laureri Administrator - Performance Research
Issue-related enquiries should be directed to the issue editors:
Laura Cull ku.ca.airbmuhtron|lluc.arual#ku.ca.airbmuhtron|lluc.arual
Karoline Gritzner ku.ca.reba|ggk#ku.ca.reba|ggk
General Guidelines for Submissions
Proposals will be accepted by e-mail (MS-Word or RTF). Proposals should not exceed one A4 side. Please DO NOT send images electronically without prior agreement.
Please note that submission of a proposal will be taken to imply that it presents original, unpublished work not under consideration for publication elsewhere. By submitting a manuscript, the author(s) agree that the exclusive rights to reproduce and distribute the article have been given to Performance Research.